Charging in Multi unit residences

  • 02/10/2020 11:15 AM
    Message # 8738032
    Ron Burton (Administrator)

    We all know that being able to charge you EV in a multi unit residence is an important factor in advancing the EV revolution.  I would like to hear from anyone that has EV charging installed in their building. What hurdles did you face and what solutions did you come up with? Please contact me directly at ron.burton@veva.ca

  • 03/04/2020 9:30 AM
    Reply # 8795098 on 8738032
    Dave Ages

    We are in an older 20 unit condo. Raised the possibility of installing a charger and offered to contribute to the cost of installation. Some investigation was done but it got bogged down and went nowhere. We're working out a solution that will give us access to a 120 v wall outlet. This should solve the problem other than working out what a reasonable fee would be. (See my upcoming question in the general forum.)

  • 03/04/2020 9:39 AM
    Reply # 8795123 on 8738032
    Dave Ages

    Question as per my previous reply:

    We have a 2018 Bolt. We've arranged to be able to plug it in to a 120 v outlet in our apartment building parkade. We need to determine what a fair amount would be to reimburse the condo association for the electricity consumed. Does anyone know how much electricity it takes to charge a Bolt per hour (or whatever measure you know) at 120 v?

    Thanks.

  • 03/07/2020 8:46 AM
    Reply # 8807733 on 8738032

    Can you not find your energy consumption from onboard or through an app?

    You could just take the price per kwh and figure your cost.

  • 03/07/2020 8:51 AM
    Reply # 8807750 on 8738032

    I have just moved in to a condo townhouse.  I figured I would be able to install my charger from my old home.  Seems the load is near max and this place is less that 10 years old.  Cost to increase load is way too much to wire from the main source, etc.

    I see there is a new Bolt in another townhouse.  Now I plan to talk to them.  I want to go to the condo board and talk about a common charger in one guest parking spot.  I had hoped for some hydro funding but the rules seem to say, if you have a garage , then no funding.  Our situation makes it impossible to do a garage install. I plan to see if we can do this and if we could get the rebate.  $2,000 would be a big help.

  • 03/07/2020 9:25 AM
    Reply # 8807812 on 8738032

    Also, I have a plug that will give you all the data you need.  You can see what amps, volts or watts and consumption too.  I think they have them at Home Depot or Home Hardware.  Had mine for years and not sure where I got it.  You plug it in to the receptacle then your charger in to it.

  • 03/11/2020 7:56 AM
    Reply # 8821102 on 8738032
    Jim Hindson

    There are approved devices that let you switch the 240 V dryer or stovetop/over circuit with your EV.

  • 03/27/2020 10:52 AM
    Reply # 8862596 on 8738032

    Jim, the common product I have installed is AC Dandy's LoadMiser. Seems to be well constructed and robust, hopefully will last a long time. 

    It does have a significant timeout from when charging ends until you can use the main load again. I use it to share a hot tub circuit.. but could be used for stove or dryer, but take that into consideration.

    The timeout prevents nuisance switching as the EV ramps down its charge rate.. and I also think it allots for a time segment to allow equipment to cool slightly. Just imagine this equipment running full blast for hours and hours on end. That's a lot of heat!

    Cheers.